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I have the family history for the Francis Douglas family who arrived in 1863. It is on family search I hope. My nana, Flora Ross/Miller wrote her mother Ann's history. Annie lived till aged 97 and died at Waikato Hospital.. She was endowed with quite a sense of humour-- I have some autographs of hers.
Francis Douglas ?b. Carlyle Cumberland(snr) d. 14/9/1892 Akld, NZ married Elizabeth Kidd b 16 oct 1825, Biggar, Scotland; d. Dec 1866, Akld, NZ-- daughter of Alex Kidd and Ann (Brown).
They had:
Mary m. 1866 in Akld, David Gouk of Scotland. they celebrated their golden wedding in 1916
Ann b 1848, died Nov 1945 m P B Ross 1869
Grace,m Peter Thompson, in NZ?
James m Jane
Francis--I think went into militia
Alexander----- the person whom the lady from Dunedin wrote about.
Maybe this information will link for someone else. David Gouk, then his son were well known Auckland shipbuilders.. Peter Baxter Ross was a fitter/turner & the son of John Ross/Catherine Pearson of Commercial St, Dundee.
I need to study how to work your website. My husband Mark & I visited Drumlanrig Castle and drove to Biggar in 2009.
I am also related to the Johnstone clan through my paternal Great grandmother-- her father was William Hope Johnstone
Cheers, Louise

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Comment by Graeme Thomas on August 1, 2013 at 23:54

I believe that this is on the track of my family as I am a direct descendant of the marriage of Francis Douglas to Elizabeth kidd and have photos of Francis Douglas and also his brother inlaws boatyard in Auckland. His brotherinlaw being David Gouk.

I know that my nana allowed the family bible to go to mums cousin in Auckland and this bible had lists of the family members and marriages but alas I cannot track it down as mums cousin, if he is still alive, has alienated himself from the remainder of the family to the best of my knowledge and may have gone to live in a monastry or similar.

I have tried to trace my family beyond Francis and Elizabeth but alas to no avail so all information would be greatly appreciated or even the return of the bibles for which I would be happy to pay.

Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?

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